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Michigan congresspeople call for federal PFAS research and standards during panel

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A group of Michigan members of Congress made the case for addressing PFAS contamination on a nationwide level during a panel discussion on Monday.

PFAS are a family of chemicals that take a very long time to break down. Some kinds have been linked to health issues like cancer.

Republican Congressman Peter Meijer says Michigan’s response to their contamination of drinking water can help other states in the absence of federal guidance.

“You know, the EPA is never going to move as fast as we would like to, and they may never be as precise as we want them to be. But knowing that there is a cohort of other members of congress who have dealt with this, again, I think is important for each member to understand.”

Meijer echoed calls for more federal research.

He spoke during the 2021 Great Lakes PFAS Summit.